Guest Post By: Oyegoke Motolani Oluwakemi
Editor’s Note: The following article includes references to legislation applicable in the United Kingdom. Laws regarding the minimum requirements to ride a motorcycle on public highways may be different in your region.
Earliest Age to Start Learning How to Safely Ride a Motorcycle
Stories behind riding a bike for the first time are almost always funny because they are old fashioned and are told by the parents. Sometimes, the kid may forget what it felt like, but the pleasant memories bring smiles to the lips. Riding a bike is an indigenous form of sport for both children and adults. It has become so popular that kids begin to learn from their early years. Learning to ride is as exciting for kids as it does for their parents. Time spent together helps the bond between them and enables parents to watch their kids learn something new. Usually, children start learning from as early as 3 to 8 years because they are developing years. However, as you grow, interests grow as well. When you decide to ride a motorcycle, you tell the story by yourself. The first time is ever fresh in memory.
Learning to Ride a Motorcycle.
While some may argue that three is too early, it is not uncommon to see kids riding from this age. It may often be a result of external influences. Sometimes, the influence is not only the parents, neighbors, and siblings could be a push too.
The earliest age to start riding a bicycle may differ from child to child, a review study shows that kids who started riding from the ages 3 to 5 recorded more injuries than those who began at 6 or 7. In addition to being a good means of transportation, bicycles and motorcycles can serve many developmental functions in kids. It could be a way of engaging or interacting with the environment.
As kids grow, they need to try something new. Even though age seems like a big part of getting started, the ideal age to safely ride a motorcycle on your own is 16. Generally, 16 is an ideal age to start anything. Depending on your age or whatever kind of ride you choose, you should know what to do. Before you set out as an official rider, there are a few things to know;
- Every rider must hold a valid license (this is simply basic). You could apply for a license three months before your 16th birthday. Like a vehicle license, a motorcycle license is a legal document that gives you the freedom to ride. It is also an attestation of your identification and ownership of the motorcycle.
To begin, you must meet the minimum age requirement, usually 16, in most cases. While this is primary, you need to meet the required eyesight requirement while presenting a list of other necessary documents.
CBT- Compulsory Basic Training
At 16, you can ride a moped of engine size 50cc. However, you must complete the CBT. Depending on your location, there are several centers across the country. To be sure, CBT is not a test; it is training to prepare you as a safe rider and good road navigator.
The sole aim of the CBT is to curtail accidents and fully certify you. After the training, there’s a certification, valid for two years. To participate in the training, you don’t need to own a bike. You may hire one at the training center for no additional charges.
As mentioned earlier, CBT covers the eyesight requirement, controls, on-road riding, maintenance culture, and controls.
Other requirements are; proper taxation, displaying L plates when required, and making sure your ride is road-worthy and insurance. Being a good rider entails responsible riding, concentration as well as patience with other road users. Being able to ride a motorcycle is a fantastic skill that comes in handy and gives you the freedom you desire. When you decide to go all out as a rider, remember to keep yourself safe too.
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Oyegoke Motolani Oluwakemi
Oyegoke Motolani Oluwakemi is a freelance writer, poetess, and author of insightful articles for Road Racerz. She writes on different niches, especially exciting ones that open her up to new challenges. She enjoys reading and seeing television series like “The Blacklist”.